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Barrie

Christian, retired dentist, bookseller. Author - book to be published Nov/Dec 2012. Married to Wendy. 6 daughters. We host 'Liberty!' - a church in our home. Frettenham, Norfolk UK

Evolution, Creation – and Teeth!

It was around 20 years ago, perhaps, when I first started reading that life should be ‘holistic’. Our values, behaviour, aspirations, etc. should flow together without contradictions. This seemed to make sense to me, and still does; I call it integrity. I wonder if the following is holistic? It used to make me cringe. I would be asked if I would announce the offering (some people call it the collection) at a Christian meeting. When the time came, I myself would be introduced in the following manner – “And now Barrie Lawrence, local dental surgeon, is going to do an …

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Saved to be a Tramp?

A young friend of mine, Pete (not his real name), wrote to me this week. What a woeful tale! Since giving his life to Jesus, he had lost his job, his wife, his home, his savings, etc. He did not want any more Christian fellowship. I told him about another friend of mine, called Dave. A number of years ago, Dave, a policeman, gave his life to Jesus. Life improved, but his wife did not like it. She left. The stress of that caused him to lose his job, and his home. So a career change – the policeman became …

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Full Gospel Conference

I’ve just returned from the annual conference of the Full Gospel Businessmen held in Nottingham, and in a few days will leave for Newry in Ireland for their conference.  We have so much in common with those attending each conference – our faith in Christ, and being involved in business. Dentistry is a business. Writing books is a business. But we don’t talk business – we talk about life and about Jesus. Both these conferences are like ‘family’, where we meet with people who have a sense of belonging together. We are all part of God’s family, and feel very …

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I like it LOUD!

I write the blog for our church, and recently I started by saying that I like ‘full’ and I like ‘loud’. ‘Full’ refers to our sitting room, where the church meets on Sunday morning, and I like to see it full. Sometimes we have around 20 people, and sometimes 10. I want 30 – and then a lot more! I like ‘loud’. That refers to the decibels. We are told in the psalms to make a joyful noise with singing, musical instruments, dancing, etc. and with ‘loud cymbals’ ((psalm 150:5). In psalm 98, we are told to shout. SHOUT! I …

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BREXIT!

BREXIT Does any of us understand Brexit? Some talk as though they do, and see it with such clarity that they are 200% for it – or against it. But most of us have a much simpler view, based upon what we consider of relative importance. And it is unlikely that anyone can really assess the implications of coming out with regard to the degree of disruption that might ensue. Those in favour of remaining in the EU have several valid points. We are to a large extent economically integrated into Europe. Coming out could mean more tariffs on goods, …

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Riddles!

“What is red, but smells like blue paint?” asked granddaughter Alice, with a cheeky grin on her face. I hadn’t a clue, and told her so. “Red paint!” she said, with a huge smile, and we both convulsed with laughter. Your sense of humour could be different from mine, but I think many of my readers probably share it. Maybe even those from across ‘the pond’, where there has been a recent surge in sales of A DENTIST’S STORY, and which might explain why a lot more people are looking at my Facebook Author’s site. Anyway, young Alice’s riddle caused …

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The Hermit!

Do you remember Herman’s Hermits from the ‘60s? I loved them, together with the Beatles, the Animals, the Monkees, the Searchers, and so many more. I could recite the top 20 at any time, almost, and played them on my reel-to-reel tape recorder in my early Uni days. The members of those groups looked so happy as they performed on Top of the Pops. What glamorous days! But everything was not so happy on the inside. John Gaughan, one of Herman’s Hermits, stayed with us this week. He spoke and sang at our Full Gospel dinner on Thursday evening. He …

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Elan Valley Dams -and design!

Wendy and I have just returned from a few days in Wales. We had been walking in the Derbyshire dales for a week. That was my 28th time there. Some people would say, “How sad is that!” – but we love the hills, rivers, wild flowers, birds, blossom, etc. I have taken on a little more responsibility with the Full Gospel fellowship, and was invited to meet with the presidents and field reps of Welsh FGB last Saturday morning. So it seemed sensible to go straight there from Derbyshire, and were we in for a treat!!! We walked from the …

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Mevagissey

Mevagissey is one of our favourite holiday destinations, where we stay in the Wheel House and gaze out of our window into the inner harbour. Fishing boats sail into the safety of a sheltered port, and boxes of fish are carried to and fro. Nets are mended, and in the restaurant of the guesthouse, fishermen speak in broad Cornish and roar with laughter. There are seafood restaurants, and quaint narrow streets, with tight corners that are not easy to negotiate. One almost expects to meet smugglers and pirates loitering in the shadows. We come to visit friends, and seem to …

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The Flower Shop That Sells Coffins!

“I walked as far as the flower shop that sells coffins, and then came back,” said my grandson, while we were staying recently. Some of us were rather bemused by this enigmatic statement, but his mother knew immediately what he was referring to. “He walked as far as the funeral parlour,” she explained to us in little more than a whisper. I loved his naivety. He saw flowers. He saw coffins. We tend to shy away because we know that our turn awaits us. So what?! – I know that I have eternal life, because that’s what Jesus says in …

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